FAST2016 Helping the people on Camposol

Focus on Training
Training and skills refreshing are important aspects for the FAST2016 team.

fast2016 Baz Hamilton Head TrainerNew Responders require the basic training and the Regular Responders need their skills refreshed to deliver this valued service in the best possible way to the people of Camposol. Having a well-trained team requires a good Training Team. Our Lead Trainer is Barry (Baz) Hamilton BEM OStJ MSC FILM. Baz had a long career in the army, reaching the rank of Major. He was a founder instructor of the Team Medics Course, training troops to administer life-saving procedures on the battlefield. This course is now accepted worldwide.

fast2106 Group trainingWe have had 5 new recruits trained as Responders to the European Resuscitation Council standard; all responders will be trained to this standard. At one of our training sessions Baz introduced a colleague, Jenny Ritchie, who gave a talk on confidentiality and how important this aspect of our work is. The FAST Responders at the training session thanked Jenny for her presentation.

With the contacts that Baz has in the UK and Europe he is able to teach the Responders the latest techniques required when presented with life-threatening situations.
Several of the established Responders will soon be attending a ‘Train the Trainer’ course to enable them to train other Responders in life-saving procedures.

Training takes place on Tuesday mornings at the Cultural Centre on Camposol B. It is not only an opportunity to learn and refresh their skills, but there is time set aside for tea and coffee when Responders and Supporters can chat and catch up with each other. If you would like to come along on a Tuesday with a view to joining you would be made very welcome. FAST2016 are a very friendly bunch.
The FAST nurses have been out collecting every Monday throughout the summer. We would like to thank residents and visitors to Camposol for their generosity and their smiles. We can only provide this service with the donations from the public and the businesses on Camposol.

On Thursday 8th September the President of FAST and her husband hosted an evening with a buffet. It was a very nice evening with a chance to meet other Responders, some whom we only see for a few minutes when handing over the emergency phone, in a social atmosphere.

On Saturday 17th there was a fundraising event outside Tel’s and Cat’s Bars in aid of FAST2016. Wild Cats provided the music and a great time was had by all. Thanks to all who supported us.

Some of our volunteers are sadly leaving us. We would like to thank the following FAST members: John Scott a past Responder and one of the trainers who is retiring from FAST. We wish them well for the future.

Paddy and John Snell have also decided to call it a day after many years in FAST. Paddy used to write the articles for the magazines as well as being one of the mainstays of FAST. John was our photographer and Matron of the FAST nurses and was seen at the fayres dressed as Red Riding Hood!

There were 16 call outs in August resulting in 13 ambulances being called.

Arranging the shift roster is a tenuous task taken on by Barry Wilkins and our thanks go to him and his wife who is also a Responder.

Christmas Shopping Day Trip To Benidorm – 16th November. €15
3 Trips In 1 – Liquor 43 tour, La Zenia Boulevard and Iceland in San Javier – 13th December. €20
Aguilas Carnival – Feb/March 2017. Details soon.

FAST2016 Christmas Fayre is at Mariano’s, Camposol A on Saturday October 29th.
More information on our web page

Tel information line 634 309 899